Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has warned Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag that he is keen on keeping Antony at the Dutch club.
According to the Ajax manager, it is important the Dutch club hold onto Antony as well as Jurrien Timber, who was also target for Manchester United.
“It is clear that we want to keep that boy,” Schreuder told ESPN. “I think he still has a contract until 2025.
“I really want to work with him; he knows that, and the club knows that too.”
On Timber, he added: “I think this guy is very smart. He knows very well what is good for himself to develop. And I don’t think he’s finished at Ajax.”
Despite the new Ajax boss keen on keeping Antony at the Dutch club, the Brazilian is eager to join Manchester United this summer.
Antony has a strong relationship with Ten Hag after the pair worked together at Ajax, winning two Eredivisie titles and the Dutch cup.
The Brazilian forward has made it clear to Ajax that he wants to join Manchester United this summer.
Manchester United have held discussions with Ajax over a move for Antony this summer but have not yet made an offer to the Dutch club.
Meanwhile, former Netherlands international Wim Kieft has claimed Ten Hag knows Manchester United target Antony is an ‘idiot’.
He made the comments in response to Antony being sent off in Ajax’s 3-2 win over rivals Feyenoord last season.
After netting the winning goal in the 87th minute, he celebrated wildly by ripping off his shirt and charging to the fans to stand on the advertising hoardings.
He was booked and then managed to pick up a second yellow in the 95th minute to see red.
He said: “He is not that young anymore, because he has been doing this for two years. Such a boy cannot be calmed by a coach, in the end.
“Ten Hag will of course never say that Antony behaves like an idiot, but he thinks so. In general, this behaviour is addressed in the locker room, then someone says: hey, what are you doing?”